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MANDARIN PLAID (Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series) [Kindle Edition]

SJ Rozan
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Book Description

A PI novel set in the world of fashion, narrated by Lydia Chin.

Editorial Reviews Review

Lydia Chin, Rozan's sharp, funny and sexy detective who operates out of New York's Chinatown, is back in action in this lively story about the fashion industry -- from the glamorous designer studios to the sweatshops where illegal immigrants do the dirty work. Lydia knows the sweatshop scene well: her mother worked in one while she was growing up. Now she and her sometimes dangerous partner, Bill Smith, have to find out who will do anything -- including murder -- to keep a young designer from launching her new company. (Previous Lydia Chin books are China Trade and Concourse.)

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Private investigators Lydia Chin and Bill Smith enter the world of New York's high-fashion business, hired by aspiring designer Genna Jing when the sketches for her first solo show are stolen and held for a $50,000 ransom. Lydia makes the drop while Bill waits to follow whoever picks up the envelope--only neither one anticipated that Lydia would be shot at and that the money would disappear in the ensuing confusion. Thus begins an extremely convoluted and fast-paced plot that takes Lydia and Bill from Chinatown sweatshops to very "in" clubs frequented by models and drug dealers. Along the way, Lydia struggles with her brothers' habit of treating her as the "little sister" to be protected, her mother's repeated attempts at matchmaking, and her own feelings about Bill and where their relationship is headed. The first installment in this series was impressive; subsequent ones just keep getting better and better. Don't miss this one. Stuart Miller

Product Details

  • File Size: 452 KB
  • Print Length: 279 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,045 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Rozan mystery November 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book loses a star for a plot that is not quite up to Rozan's usual high standard (but is still not bad). It would be a mistake to pass this one up, though, in spite of the plot flaws. The characters are terrific, as is the dialogue. The ending is very suspenseful. The best thing about this book, however, is the two detectives. After a somewhat shaky start in China Trade, Lydia Chin and Bill Smith have improved to become extremely entertaining. The chemistry between these two could burn a house down. (Rozan has wisely toned down Bill's fawning over Lydia). In sum, very worthwhile.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Rozan so far. April 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Of the first four Lydia Chin / Bill Smith mysteries, this is the best. Rozan does better in the books narrated by Chin than in those narrated by Smith, and the plot, while not quite believable, is more involving and coherent than in China Trade. Rozan is at her best when describing the life of Chin, living both in the tradtional world of Chinatown and in the contemporary world of Manhattan. It's a good "trash" read for your next beach day or airline flight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another Rozan winner April 20, 2013
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S. J. Rozan writes an amazing series, set in New York but with the international flavor that only NYC can serve. Her mysteries are crisp, character driven and entertaining. Mandarin Plaid lives up to all you would expect from this fine author. This is another winner in the Chin-Smith series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lydia's back in the lead - Yea! January 3, 2002
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In my recent review of "Concourse," I bemoaned the lack of Lydia in the story. The great news is that Lydia is definately back in place as the protagonist in this book. Bill Smith is still around but only in a supporting role. Why is this important?
First, the mystery itself returns to having Lydia's Chinese ancestry and life in Chinatown play a major plot in the book. Concourse was just another Caucasian mystery in many ways. It also sees the return of the lots of insights on life as a Chinese-American daughter and younger sister. In sum, this book has much of the atmosphere and humor that I enjoyed so much in the first book, "China Trade."
The mystery itself is only so-so. Lydia's hired to deliever a blackmail payment for a clothes designer. The list of possible suspects is pretty short and it wasn't hard to guess the ending. Still, I enjoyed the characters and the setting so much that I didn't really mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read March 22, 2014
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Enjoyed every page. Liked the development in Lydia's personal life - family and friends were more present. This is a terrific series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complex and Fun January 11, 2014
By Kelly
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For mystery readers and for those who care about the setting, this book is a "can't stop" read. the plot definitely kept me intrigued.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars another winner May 28, 2013
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I love S.J. Rozan's books. This one has wonderful pacing and great characters. The food descriptions also make me long to visit Chinatown.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Plaid is not my favourite April 1, 2013
By Sarah B
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I prefer it when Lydia is the narrator, adding in more of the NY Chinese cultural angle as well as the female take on the sometimes rather tough PI world, so was very glad when it was Lydia's 'turn' to narrate. Having said that, this story was not one of SJ Rozan's strongest/best with characterisation suffering a little due to stereotyping. Nevertheless, I couldn't put it down and read into the night at the end to find out what happened!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
It was a good mystery with very unique characters. Good twists but knew the murderer and even the "why. The style of writing is a little off but good
Published 2 months ago by mesphrog
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Too pat formula.
Published 3 months ago by Anne C.
5.0 out of 5 stars another great chin and smith
I am a great fan of SJ Rozan. I particularly like the way she's drawn the chin and Smith relationship. And the writing is superb. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Margaret Hoey
4.0 out of 5 stars another grate book
Another great story.

Another 17 words required just to say I liked the book. Now I'm down to 8 words.
Published 5 months ago by annie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars
SJ Rozan is in a class by herself. All of her books are excellent. I hope she continues this series.
Published 5 months ago by Angela Raspberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this series.
Published 6 months ago by LUCILLE GOULD
4.0 out of 5 stars Complex, good read
I read some reviews that stated this was not the author's best book, however, I found it to be very complex and fun. Plus it was a good a insight into Chinese culture.
Published 9 months ago by Heidi D
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a good writer
Excellent writing, interesting Asian background info, good plot.
Published 9 months ago by P. Rieser
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the jewels of SJ Rozan's Lydia ...
This is one of the jewels of SJ Rozan's Lydia and Bill PI series. Which means it's one more stone in the tiara, because they're all jewels.
Published 9 months ago by DHans
5.0 out of 5 stars I love any book by this author
I love any book by this author. Its so enjoyable to read about Lydia and Bill and the mystery is really always good!
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

SJ Rozan was born and raised in the Bronx and is proud of it. She spent over twenty years as an architect in New York City and is kind of proud of that, too. Now she writes and teaches. She's done 10 books in the Lydia Chin/Bill Smith series (the newest, ON THE LINE, comes out Sept. 28, 2010) and two standalones. She's also published three dozen short stories. A collection of her stories, A TALE ABOUT A TIGER, is available, and a second volume is coming.

SJ's work has won the Edgar, Anthony, Shamus, Nero and Macavity Awards, and she's a recipient of the Japanese Maltese Falcon. She's served on the National Boards of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. She's a past President of the Private Eye Writers of America. She's been Guest of Honor at Left Coast Crime (El Paso, 2003), Toastmaster at Bouchercon (Indianapolis, 2009), an invited speaker at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (2003) and as if that weren't enough, she has the key to the city of Fort Worth, Texas.

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